The UK Landscape of the Year is up for grabs and the contestants have been narrowed down to just six entrants

UKLA Durham
UKLA Durham

The six projects below, chosen from 69 submissions from the four corners of the UK, are vying for the accolade of UK Landscape of the Year. Over the next two issues of LI News and Events, we’ll publish interviews with the teams behind the projects and give readers and insight into how the judges came to their decision.

Mersey Basin Campaignsubmitted by Healthy Waterways Trust
Established in 1985, the Mersey Basin Campaign (MBC) successfully completed its 25-year programme in March 2010. It has a profound impact on the landscape of the North West of England through its dedication and commitment to its three key aims: to improve water quality across the Mersey Basin; to stimulate attractive waterside developments; and to encourage people to value and cherish their watercourses and waterfront environments.

MBC has been exemplary in realising sustainable development through brokering public/private partnership and engaging directly with communities.

For full project details and to view a short film about the Mersey Basin Campaign, visit the landscape awards website.

Durham Heritage Coastsubmitted by Durham Heritage Coast Partnership
From Sunderland to Hartlepool, the Durham Heritage Coast has emerged from its industrial past to an area worthy of Heritage Coast status, with one of the finest coastlines in England.

Where previously colliery waste was tipped onto the beaches in enormous quantities, a coastal path now leads you through a wonderful landscape mosaic of great natural, historical and geological interest, with dramatic views along the coastline and out across the North Sea.

New gateways encouraging people to explore this fantastic coast have been created with the active involvement of the local communities with art and artistic interpretation a key feature.

For full project details and to view a short film about Durham Heritage Coast, visit: landscape awards website

Gold Route, Sheffieldsubmitted by Sheffield City Council
Sheffield’s ‘Gold Route’, a series of spectacular spaces and streets, centred on the Heart of the City project, has come to symbolise the city’s economic and cultural renaissance. This network of spaces, takes a visitor arriving at the station to the cultural and commercial core of Sheffield City Centre through one of the largest corridors of high-quality public realm in the country.

These spaces include the Sheaf Square ‘gateway’ at the Station, Howard Street, Hallam Gardens and Hallam Square, the Millennium Galleries, Winter Garden, Millennium Square, the Peace Gardens and Barkers Pool, and the proposed new retail quarter.

For full project details and to view a short film about Gold Route, Sheffield, visit: the landscape awards entry profile.

Baxter Park, Dundeesubmitted by Dundee City Council, Scotland
The Baxter Park Project was the restoration of a ‘Paxton’ park, landscape and facilities. It is considered the most complete Paxton Park in Scotland, retaining the Victorian ethos of a green lung for the people, while suiting 21st century needs. At heart of the project is community involvement and the lasting legacy that the community will bring to the on-going evolution of the park. The Friends of Baxter Park sit at the centre of the complex framework of facilities and park users.

For full project details and to view a short film about Baxter Park, visit: the landscape awards entry profile

Heather and Hillforts ­– submitted by Denbighshire County Council, Wales
The Heather and Hillforts Project is a partnership that strives to maintain the upland historic and natural heritage of north-east Wales as a sustainable landscape for the future. In doing so, it aims to conserve and restore the heritage of the hillforts and heather moorland, demonstrating sustainable agriculture in harmony with a landscape of outstanding historic and biodiversity value.

It aims to reconnect people to the uplands and to increase people’s enjoyment of their heritage through education, interpretation, events and access projects, and to increase our understanding of the landscape as a foundation for management, interpretation and restoration projects.

For full project details and to view a short film about Baxter Park visit the landscape awards entry profile.

Lough Neagh Regeneration Project ­– submitted by Lough Neagh Partnership, Northern Ireland
Over the past six years, Lough Neagh Partnership has identified and worked with strategic and local stakeholders to understand the needs of Lough Neagh and those of the communities living around its perimeter.

By creating strong relationships with a range of private and public organisations, the Partnership has managed a £3.8m regeneration programme, developing over 140 projects on the Lough and attracted a further £6.4m of leverage funds. This has resulted in the provision of major new infrastructure, increased protection for the waterway along with increased awareness and increased visitor numbers.

For full project details and to view a short film about Lough Neagh Regeneration Project, visit the landscape awards entry profile.

The winner will be announced on 8 November at the European Landscape Convention Conference in Liverpool and submitted to the Council of Europe’s European Landscape Award, which will be announced in March 2011.



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